If the darkness of January is starting to drag, then you might find some welcome relief in a new festival, launched this week to brighten up the streets of London. Lumiere London kicked off yesterday, offering a free light festival taking place after dark across London until Sunday 17 January 2016.
Thirty installations have been designed in response to the unique architecture of each location, transforming some of the capital's most iconic landmarks into dreamlike spectacles. A range of international artists have produced truly dazzling creative displays including animated circuses, virtual pavements, a fish tank telephone box and a technicolour Westminster Abbey.
The event is produced by creative company Artichoke. Helen Marriage, Artichoke Director and curator of Lumiere London, said: “Using London’s buildings as their canvas and its streets as their auditorium, these installations are not hidden away behind the closed doors of art institutions, theatres or concert halls, but sit firmly in the public realm for
everyone to enjoy."